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12:00 PM ET, February 7, 2024


 Top News: 
Claudia Chiappa / Politico:
Tucker Carlson faces backlash from American and Russian journalists after claiming that Western media is not making an effort to hear Putin's side of the story  —  The controversial pundit is interviewing the Russian leader.  Now other journalists are raging at “this SoB.”
Dave Lawler / Axios:
Former Fox host Tucker Carlson says he has traveled to Moscow to interview Vladimir Putin and will air the interview “unedited” on his website and on X  —  Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson said in a video posted to X on Tuesday that he is in Moscow to interview Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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Kate Knibbs / Wired:
An interview with Nebojša Vujo, a Serbian DJ who runs 2,000+ AI-generated sites, often hosted on abandoned news sites like The Hairpin and Apple Daily  —  Serbian DJ turned internet entrepreneur Nebojša Vujinović Vujo floods abandoned news sites with AI-generated articles.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Plex launches a movie rentals storefront offering movies from top studios, including WB, Paramount, MGM, Lionsgate, and A24, initially in the US  —  Fresh on the heels of its $40 million fundraise, streaming media company Plex is today announcing its expansion into a new business: a movie rentals storefront.
Discussion: 9to5Mac and Plex
The New York Times' The Daily ran a greenwashing BP ad on its January 31 podcast, despite a 2021 pledge by the NYT to ban sponsorships by oil and gas companies  —  The Daily promised to end fossil fuel sponsorships in 2021.  BP promised to stop “corporate reputation advertising” in 2020.
Charles Pulliam-Moore / The Verge:
Disney begins emailing Disney+ subscribers about TOS changes that will make sharing accounts harder, days after sending out similar notices to Hulu subscribers  —  Today, Disney Plus began sending out emails informing subscribers about new changes to its terms of service that will …
Patrick Frater / Variety:
Alibaba takes a ~$1.2B impairment charge against its video streaming service Youku, acquired in November 2015 and attributed a $5.5B valuation at the time  —  Chinese e-commerce and entertainment giant Alibaba has taken a $1.2 billion goodwill impairment charge against its video-streaming operation Youku.
Winston Cho / The Hollywood Reporter:
Gina Carano, who was fired from The Mandalorian after controversial social media posts, sues Disney and Lucasfilm for wrongful termination in a suit funded by X  —  The actress claims the entertainment giant discriminated against her for voicing right-wing opinions on hot-button issues.
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Jonathan Vanian / CNBC:
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Ted Johnson / Deadline:
Linda Wertheimer, an NPR “founding mother” who joined the outlet at its 1971 launch and directed and hosted All Things Considered, is retiring after 53 years
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Substack is running a pilot program to help creators on the platform sell ads; a writer says Substack contracted an outside team to approach advertisers